Steelers name veteran Sherman interim WR coach

Field Level Media

August 22, 2019 at 2:50 pm.

The Pittsburgh Steelers named Ray Sherman as the interim wide receivers coach for the 2019 season.

He replaces Darryl Drake, who died suddenly on Aug. 11.

Sherman joined the Steelers at the start of training camp, initially as an observer. But after Drake’s death, Sherman began working with the wide receivers group.

He hasn’t coached since he retired following the 2015 season but has a lengthy resume.

Sherman, 67, was a wide receiver and defensive back at Fresno State, and he started his coaching career in 1974 as a graduate assistant at San Jose State.

He spent 14 years in the college ranks, coaching at Cal, Michigan State, Wake Forest, Purdue and Georgia. In 1988, he moved on to the NFL and had stops with the Houston Oilers, Atlanta Falcons, San Francisco 49ers, New York Jets, Minnesota Vikings, Green Bay Packers, Tennessee Titans, Dallas Cowboys and St. Louis Rams.

He also served as offensive coordinator in Pittsburgh in 1998.

Steelers receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster praised the selection.

“A guy who has been here,” Smith-Schuster said in a team statement. “He has coached everybody from Jerry Rice to young guys like us. It’s the best opportunity to have him step up and play that role for us.”

He added that Sherman has helped them through the transition after Drake’s death.

“To go through this at a young age, 22 years old, there are no words that can explain what we are going through. For Ray, he was retired, for him to come out of his way to be here it means a lot not only to myself but to the receivers in the room. We don’t want to change that.”